Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to you all! I will taking a short break from blogging because I will be in the country with no internet access for about a week. I will be back shortly with hopefully lots of finishes to share!

I hope Santa is good to you!

Talk to you all soon!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A pathetic tree, Spin City and Lincoln

Things have been absolutely crazy over here so far this week.  This is also my last week at work before 2 weeks of vacation so it's been a little hectic.  But I am slowly getting into the spirit of the season!

We decorated our little Christmas tree - it is pretty pathetic looking really, but I love it for some reason.  Sitting next to it at night watching TV just makes me so happy!

In my last post, I said I was going to show pictures of my finishes from last weekend so here they are:

Spin City in Recipe for Friendship

Lincoln in Hometown

Spin City is going to be a Christmas present for my friend Darlene.  As for Lincoln, I'm not sure I want to part with it, so I haven't made up my mind yet...

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Reporting on my goals for the weekend

When I posted my goals for this weekend on Thursday night, I said I would be back on Sunday to report on how I did. 

Here were my goals for the weekend:

1. Finish piecing and sew the borders on Nine Patch Flip.  - Done!  But forgot to take a picture!
2. Prepare the quilt sandwich for the Big EZ (my new bedroom quilt at the cottage).  - Not done.  I didn't buy enough fabric for the backing (I forgot I added a 7 inch border all around)!
3. Quilt and bind Spin City. - Done!  I'll post a picture later this week.
4. If time allows, start cutting Veranda for Two Percent. - Done!  I should be able to start piecing when I go back to the country Christmas night.

In addition to everything I was able to do above, I also quilted and put the binding on Lincoln and cut some more of my scraps into 2", 3 1/2 " and 5" squares.

So a very productive weekend!  I'm quite pleased with myself.  :-)

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Goals for the Weekend

I need to start setting goals for my weekends so that I don't end up going home on Sunday night only to realize that I really didn't get done a lot of the stuff I really wanted to get done.

So I decided that every Thursday night, I will post my goals and projects for the weekend and then report on how I did when I get back to the city on Sunday night.

Here are my goals for this weekend:

1.  Finish piecing and sew the borders on Nine Patch Flip.
2.  Prepare the quilt sandwich for the Big EZ (my new bedroom quilt at the cottage).
3.  Quilt and bind Spin City.
4.  If time allows, start cutting Veranda for Two Percent.

And I thought I would leave you with the Quote of the Day we had at work today:

"How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most." - Stephen R. Covey

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nine Patch Flip

A couple of weekends ago, I cut and started piecing my last 4 Hometown Charm Packs and this weekend, I almost finished the Nine Patch Flip top.  All that's left to do is piece the borders and sew them on.

This pattern is called Nine Patch Flip and I found it in the latest Pam and Nicky Lintott book.

More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts

I love how this little quilt is coming along.  I wasn't sure about using that shade of blue as the accent fabric, but in the end, I'm really liking it.

Sorry about the awful picture!  The lighting was really bad and I couldn't be bothered to go outside.
I plan on finishing up the borders next weekend and that will be another top finished!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Two Percent

When I received Veranda in the mail and wrote about here, I said I was going to use the two layer cakes to make a big Schnibble.  I looked through my two Schnibbles books this weekend and picked this one:

Two Percent from Another Bite of Schnibbles
I hope to be able to get started with this one next weekend!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

A Little Scrap Therapy

This weekend, among other things, I decided to organize my scrap basket.  Actually, my scrap basket is a pretty big white plastic bin into which I've been throwing scraps since I started keeping them.  To be honest, when I started quilting about 3 years ago, I didn't know you could re-use scraps to make "scrappy" quilts, so I used to throw them away.  I know, I know... pretty bad heh?  :-)  When I realized, through reading blogs and researching on the Internet, that scraps could be used to create really beautiful quilts, I bought the plastic bin and began keeping any piece bigger than a 2" x 2" square.

Then a couple of months ago, I was looking at quilting books at and saw this:

Scrap Therapy Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your Stash
Scrap Therapy available at
In this book, the author teaches us to organize our scraps into piles of scraps of 3 different sizes:  2", 3 1/2" and 5" squares.  Then the book provides a bunch of really nice patterns in which you can use the squares.

So I spent a couple of hours cutting squares out of my scraps.  I have the perfect little plastic bin to keep them in too:

I love that during the whole cutting process, I get to re-visit all of the quilts I made.  I know why the author called this Scrap Therapy, it really is almost therapeutic!  :-)

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Veranda by Amanda Murphy

Look at what came in the mail a couple of days ago! The Fat Quarter Shop was having one of their amazing sales a few weeks ago and when I saw the Veranda collection on sale, I just had to get me some of it.

I ordered 2 sets of 10" squares and some yardage. With all of this goodness, I plan on making myself a "big" Schnibble. Haven't decided which one yet though... Decisions... Decisions!

That's it for now. Talk to you all later.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend Finishes

Wow!  I cannot believe I haven't posted in over a week.  Been busy, busy, busy with stuff other than quilting unfortunately.  Work is crazy, Christmas is less than 3 weeks away now and D decided we needed to re-paint the whole house!  Seriously??!

Anyhow, life came back to "normal" over the weekend and I was finally able to get some quilts finished.

First, I quilted and sewed the binding on the two small table toppers I made a couple of weekends ago.  I wrote about these in my last post. 

Notice the cute rick-rac on there?  I just love it!  These two cuties are now sitting proudly on top of the two end tables in the living room at the cottage.

I also finished my grand-mother's "birthday" quilt this weekend... her birthday was in July!!!  So I guess this is now my grand-mother's Christmas present.  I'm very happy with how this one looks.  The pattern is called Nine-Patch Wonder and I found it in the Pam and Nicky Lintott Jelly Roll Quilts book.  I used a fabric collection called Martinique by Moda for it.

Our neighbour Dave is holding the quilt!  So funny!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.